Elk Grove Earns ‘Voice of the People’ Award

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Press Release - Elk Grove Earns ‘Voice of the People’ Award

Posted: 10/01/2020

voice of the people award sealThe City of Elk Grove is a winner in the 12th annual Voice of the People (VOP) Awards for its Transformation in Safety. The awards were announced by the National Research Center (NRC) at Polco and the International City & County Management Association (ICMA) during their annual conference last week.

The Voice of the People Awards are the only national awards that honor local governments based on feedback from residents. Elk Grove’s Transformation award recognizes a significant increase in favorable ratings from resident respondents over repeated administrations of The National Community Survey™ (The NCS). Elk Grove is the only California city among 19 winners and finalists announced this year.

“During this difficult year especially, local government leaders are rolling up their sleeves and working tirelessly to guide their communities forward,” said Damema Mann, Director of National Engagement for Polco. “We are honored to be able to recognize these deserving communities nationally.”

The NCS is a tried and trusted community survey that provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of resident perspectives on local government services, policies, and management. Results draw from the largest resident opinion database of its kind, representing well over 30 million Americans. The NCS compares local results with benchmarks compiled from surveys conducted across the U.S.

Elk Grove has completed the National Community Survey biennially since 2009. Public safety has been a priority identified in Elk Grove’s NCS since 2013. The Elk Grove Police Department’s focus on community policing and prevention activities, coupled with a strong commitment to community engagement supports a strong feeling of safety felt by the community. In Elk Grove’s 2019 NCS results, seventy-five percent (75%) of Elk Grove residents surveyed expressed an overall feeling of safety in Elk Grove and ninety-three percent (93%) felt safe in their neighborhood. Eighty-two percent (82%) of residents gave favorable ratings to the police.

“Elk Grove’s Police Department works very hard to protect our community,” said Elk Grove City Manager Jason Behrmann. “This biennial survey allows us to measure how safe and secure our residents feel. Seeing the increases in our safety ratings year over year tells us that the work being done by our Police Department is generating noticeable and meaningful results for our residents.”

The City has introduced a number of crime prevention measures in recent years such as the Real Time Information Center (RTIC) and the Mobile Crisis Support Team (MCST). The creation of the Chief’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) in 2018 and the opening of the Animal Shelter in 2019 also correspond with increased ratings for crime prevention between 2017 and 2019.

Elk Grove’s next National Community Survey (NCS) is scheduled to be conducted in 2021. To review the results of previous Elk Grove surveys visit the City’s survey webpage.

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